NORTH-EAST oil service company flexlife has opened its first international base.
The move to establish a hub in Kuala Lumpur is part of the firm’s strategy to expand into key locations for the oil and gas industry.
The flexible-pipe specialist will also open a second international base in Brazil in the first half of this year.
Flexlife director of sales and marketing Carl-Petter Halvorsen said: “We have ambitious plans to develop our business and tap into the market that exists for our ground-breaking products and services.
“We believe there are major opportunities for us in Asia-Pacific and we see Kuala Lumpur as an excellent point from which to access the entire region.
“Establishing a local presence will help us build new business relationships and increase the levels of work we do with existing clients.
“The Asia-Pacific region is a growing market for floating production vessels and they are the main users of flexible pipe so it is important to us to have someone there on the ground.”
Flexlife, established in 2007, is in the running for two Scottish Offshore Achievement Awards.
The 30-strong team has completed work for clients including Apache North Sea, Hess, Statoil and Maersk in the North Sea and international locations.
Turnover in the financial year to next month is forecast to be about £6million.